From the hills of Jerusalem and the ruins of Jewish Gaza, the dog-and-pony show being orchestrated by the bereaved mother and antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan couldn't seem more detached from reality or from the real challenges facing the Jewish state today. As I wrote a friend in America in an angry and misconceived e-mail late last week, "She's your problem, not mine."
And yet, the international attention that Sheehan has garnered points to a universal problem that plagues Israel more, not less, than America. The problem is that in its quest to maintain its absolute faith in its pagan god of peace in our time, the Left internationally and in Israel has abandoned reason for rage and has exchanged rationality for mocking paranoia and hatred.
Given the hatred in which the Left is presently submerged, it is not the least surprising that its new darling Sheehan is a raging Jew-hater. Her statements to the adoring international press corps have included such gems, as "Am I emotional? Yes, my firstborn was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he was killed for lies and for a neocon agenda to benefit Israel. My son joined the army to protect America, not Israel."
The good news in America is that voices like Sheehan's are not the only ones being heard. Real debate on the acute problems besetting the US in Iraq is fostered openly by news outlets like FOX News, The National Review, talk radio and The Wall Street Journal. And the result of the debates is an informed and educated public and a government that is forced to respond to constructive ideas in a manner that advances its ability to succeed in its mission in Iraq and beyond.
The fact that such debate exists in America even leads those members of the Left who have not completely abandoned their faculties to begin to contend with the fact that their camp has been taken over by hate-filled bigots and opportunistic, anti-American idiots.
In a column this week in The Los Angeles Times, Susan Estrich, a leading Jewish leftist feminist and consultant for the Democratic Party, railed against her camp's silence in the wake of Sheehan's anti-Semitic outbursts. In her words, "I will not stand silent and see anti-Semitism masked as opposition to Israel and Israel blamed for George Bush's mistakes, if that's what they are."
SADLY, IN Israel, we have no diversity in our media and therefore, we have no public debate. To the extent that Sheehan's escapades have been reported here, the coverage has been mindlessly sympathetic.
Caroline B. Glick is the senior Middle East fellow at the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C., and the deputy managing editor of The Jerusalem Post, where this article first appeared.
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